Pearl Training

This half-day workshop will introduce participants to the wonder and beauty of pearls. The differences between terms such as cultured pearls, akoya pearls, freshwater pearls, natural pearls, Tahitian pearls and South Sea pearls will be explored and explained.  Participants will also get the opportunity to learn about how pearls are formed and farmed and how they are used in jewellery today. Factors affecting the value of pearls will also be discussed.

Course Overview

By the end of the workshop participants will understand:


  • The terminology used to describe different types of pearls;
  • The factors affecting the value of pearls;
  • Pearl formation and the factors involved in farming pearls;
  • How pearls are used in jewellery and how they should be cared for;
  • How to identify pearls and their different types.


This workshop will be of interest to retailers looking to sell more pearls, valuers, and anyone with a love of, and fascination for pearls.

Course Programme 

This workshop will be limited to 12 allowing plenty of time for discussion and to ask questions. There will also be a small sample of individual pearls available for each participant to handle and identify, and lots of strings of pearls to compare and contrast.


This course will be delivered by Richard and Claire Maymon, Directors of Samuel Jones Pearls Ltd. since 1916.

Prior Knowledge and Experience

Participants do not require any prior experience or knowledge to sign up to this workshop, but are encouraged to bring along their 10x loupe, if they have one.


Marie Garnett